I enjoy a good stroll through the thrift shop every now in then. And, by now and then, I mean more “then”. Since the little man came along I’ve cut back on real shopping. Shopping with a toddler consists of snack, songs, pointing, talking to strangers. I though I actually really enjoy being out with the baby… it’s harder with a kid. So when Young House Love encouraged me to get back out there, I took the challenge. My blogging bff HildaGotRocks was taking the challenge too.
So, there is this Thrift Shop song. Have you heard it? It’s silly. But, it is rather catchy. Consider yourself warned.
Oh and as you can see below, something about the challenge has me making weird-mouth-high-schooler-selfie pictures and throwing peace signs. I think that Sherdog’s RAP-piness is spreading like a virus. Got my dough, baby in tow, and ready to go.
Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket”and take a picture.
Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils
Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.
I went to Mt. Washington St. Vincent DePaul and here are some of the things that got my attention…
A pokey little pineapple. Something about this reminded me of Sherry. It opens too.
Lotso lamps just dying for makeovers. I felt bad for them all wanting a home.
There had to be 5987 baskets which had me thinking about Easter. My boy will need a proper Easter Basket and I would like to fashion one up for less than the Pottery Barn cost. This dollhouse has so much potential, but needed some deep DIY love.These clean white trays were so pretty, I wanted to take home all 6.These duck bookends would look great in a kids room painted a bright color! Though Isaac enjoyed the stroll down toy lane, most of the items were too dirty to stop the cart. The only possibility was this bead maze in great condition.So, I piled all my maybes into the cart then took a minute to contemplate my purchase.Before I tell you what I took home and if I succeeded in my first YHL challenge, we have a little unfinished business of Step #3. Oh Step number 3, you have me taking more selfies! And…here comes another peace sign peeps, right next to a CASIO keyboard. Oh yeah points scored for a picture with a broken keyboard. (Lyrics: “They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard”)
More points for… stealing your grandpa’s style…the velcros! (Lyrics: I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style. No for real, ask your grandpa, can I have his hand-me-downs?…The sneaker heads would be like “Ah, he got the Velcros”)
And Isaac wanted to get in on the fun but I wouldn’t let him listen to the song. He thought the glasses were cool. Even tried on 3 different pairs.
OK, so let’s get down to business. Here are my spoils…
1. Bead Maze Toy – $1 (half off from $2)
2. Large ‘Easter’ Basket – $4
3. Silver Pineapple – $4.50
4. Mini Purse – $2.50 (half off from $4.99)
5. White Dish – $1
6. Mini Orange Skillet – $2
Grand Total: $15 + tax
So I didn’t spend exactly $20 bucks, but that wasn’t really the point. Here is how I plan to use the items.
The little orange skillet (that is half tacky half adorable) is living on my kitchen window sill. When I saw it I knew it would match my kitchen accents and be the perfect drop spot for jewelry while I cook or do dishes.
See? Perf. After a thorough Clorox wipe down, the bead maze made it to the dining room shelf. Isaac likes to sit and play in this corner while Doug and I talk after dinner. I am sure, though, that it will make it’s way around to every room in the house. The mini purse was too cute. It was like a canvas on the outside and bright pink lining – very clean! Once I saw it I knew that it would make the perfect gift bag for a little girl gift I already had to give. It is for a 2 year old, so I knew that she would love her own little thing to carry around. Isaac does this all the time my his lunch bag.
Just had to fancy it up a little bit. The strawberry footie PJs rolled up perfectly inside. The white dish is currently on my night stand as another jewelry holder. Can you tell I am worried about losing my wedding ring? I think the basket will be a perfect Easter Basket. I love how high the handle is. It is clean, sturdy, and still soft to the touch. I’d like to fashion some kind of removable lining for the inside. Here I show a folded yard of fabric on the inside. I see Pinterest research and a project on the horizon. I will make sure to tell you how it turns out. Last but not least is the pokey little pineapple. It is sitting in the kitchen right now so I can see it often. I am sure that it will bop around the house until I find a good home for it. Doug hates it by the way. I think his reaction was “WHAT is THAT?!” And later in the evening he said, “How many treasures do you have hiding around the house?” to which I responded, “just a couple more.”
So, there you go. Done. Accomplished. Winning!
The challenge made me realize how much I miss shopping alone, including thrifting. I love getting a lot for a little. I think I will be going back out really soon….without baby. And, without silly rap songs in my head.